+ Saturday April 20th, 2019

It’s December and of course that means that Google has released a new security update for Android, and for Pixel 3 owners there’s the bonus of having some niggling problems finally fixed.

Google is rolling out the December Security fix for Android, with both factory image and OTA files ready to be downloaded from their respective Google Devices software pages. Though it’s only the 4th of December, there are patches for both the 1st and 5th of December, with supported Pixel/Nexus devices destined to receive the

The fixes in the 1st December Android Security update include the usual fixes for Framework, System and Kernel, while the 5th December update includes fixes for HTC and Qualcomm components as well as for Kernel and System. Google has listed several specific fixes for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 in their 5th December release including for improved memory management and camera capture performance – hopefully addressing two fairly major bug bears of the Pixel 3.

The full list of Pixel improvements:

References Category Improvements Devices
A-117522738 Performance Improved memory performance in certain circumstances Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-110969183 Camera Improved camera capture performance Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111008450 Pixel Stand Improved notification visibility when using Pixel Stand Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-112376366 Android Auto Improved Android Auto compatibility Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-115666282 Camera Adjusted autofocus behavior Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-115624433 Pixel Stand Improved hotword performance when using Pixel Stand Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-116758282 Display Improved Always On Display triggering Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111964925 Audio Improved USB-C Audio accessory detection Pixel 3 XL
A-111716107 Bluetooth Adjusted volume behavior when toggling Bluetooth Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111159723 Android Auto Improved audio performance for when using Android Auto in certain vehicles Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-112228430 Media Improved contouring on HDR color on certain media apps Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-113151604 Camera Improved camera shutter performance Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111277984 Performance Improve unlocking performance when using Bluetooth Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

The Factory Images for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 based on Android 9 are ready for download, as are the Android 8.1 based images for the Pixel C, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P – surprising Nexus 5X and 6P owners who should have received their last security update last month. What isn’t available for the second month in a row are the Pixel and Pixel XL images, but hopefully they’ll be released faster than last month.

  • Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL – 9.0.0 (PQ1A.181205.006, Dec 2018)
  • Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL – 9.0.0 (PQ1A.181205.002, Dec 2018)
  • Pixel /Pixel XL – N/A
  • Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P – 8.1.0 (OPM8.181205.001, Dec 2018)

OTA files should be rolling out now, so try hitting the ‘Check for Update’ button in the Settings menu to see if it’s available for you.

Source: Android Security Bulletin.
Via: Pixel/Nexus Security Bulletin.

Daniel Tyson  


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